Classical Civilisation AS Level – OCR


This is a new and exciting course including a diverse range of ancient sources and material; classical literature, material culture, and values which continue to shape the Western Civilization today! You will learn about the birth of Western Civilisation from 1500 BC to 500 AD by studying the society and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

You will learn about ancient heroes and mythical beings; the culture and believes of the Mycenaeans, the Trojans and the Romans, examining epics such as Homer’s Iliad, which tells the glorious story of the Achaeans defeating Troy, and Virgil’s Aeneid, which tells the story of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who became the founder of the Roman world.

You will learn about the birth of the Theatre as a form of art, Ancient Greek Art, and Religion; and about ideals such as democracy, honour, and duty.

By doing so you will gain insights into not only these past cultures but also our own. When and how was one of the West’s foundational political ideas, democracy, born? How different are we from the people who walked the streets of ancient Athens, fled the volcanic eruption at Pompeii or defended the city of Troy all those years ago?

The study of Classics therefore will encourage you to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical worlds of Rome and Greece and will enhance your understanding of modern Western civilization.

By the end of this course:
You will have acquired a sophisticated level of knowledge and understanding of the classical world
You will have formed a sound basis for further studies on Classics, Classical Archaeology, and Ancient History
You will have developed skills of critical analysis and evaluation
You will be able to articulate informed and coherent arguments regarding burning issues in the society today

You will study one of the following specifications:

H408 A: The World of the Hero; Greek Theatre; Greek Religion

H408 C: The World of the Hero; Greek Theatre; Democracy and the Athenians

H408 E: The World of the Hero; Greek Religion; Greek art

H408 F: The World of the Hero; Greek Art; Democracy and the Athenians

The assessment is based on three components:
The world of the Hero (Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid) corresponds to 40% of total A level, and is examined through a 2 hour and 20’ paper
Greek theatre or Greek Art corresponds to 30% of total A level, and is examined through an 1 hour and 45’ paper
Greek Religion or Democracy and the Athenians corresponds to 30% of total A level, and is examined through an 1 hour and 45’ paper

To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.

You can apply to study Humanities in Higher Education. By completing this course, you will be an attractive candidate for undergraduate studies on History, Classics, Archaeology and Philosophy.

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
End Date: 28th June 2019
Duration: 2 years
Location: Crewe Campus
Course Description: A-Level Classical Civilisations


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